Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) identified a 12th case of Salmonella in a New Hampshire resident that is linked to the peanut butter recall. The patient became ill approximately January 19th.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 575 cases of salmonella in the U.S. associated with contaminated peanut butter as part of this outbreak, 8 of whom have died. Forty-three states have reported cases. The Salmonella strain is Typhimurium. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the source of the outbreak as contaminated peanut products manufactured in a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). The peanut products were distributed to other manufacturers to be used in a wide array of food products.
The FDA has created a searchable list of products and brands associated with the expanded PCA recall, which dates back to January 1, 2007. This list is available on the FDA website at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm and will be updated on a regular basis as additional recalls occur and information is received by the FDA.
Peanut butter in jars is not a product of PCA and is not considered contaminated at this time. “Though the outbreak seems to be decreasing,” said DHHS Director of Public Health Dr. José Montero, “we are still closely monitoring this ongoing situation and reduce the spread of illness. The health and safety of the people of New Hampshire is our primary concern.” In New Hampshire, the Department of Health and Human Services is monitoring potential cases in the State, working with distributors and grocers to see that recalled products are removed from shelves, and testing human and food samples for possible contamination with Salmonella. “Until this unfortunate situation is over,” said Nicholas Toumpas, Commissioner of DHHS, “we urge residents to avoid eating any products that have been recalled or identified as potentially contaminated.
This highlights the importance of good public health surveillance and a strong food protection program in New Hampshire.
” For more information, refer to the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov, the FDA website at www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html, or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/.
If you do not have internet access, you can call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) to find out what products have been recalled.
For questions about peanut butter safety or Salmonella, please call the NH DHHS Communicable Disease Control Section at 1-603-271-4496 or 1-800-852-3345 x4496